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One Little Speck by Gaynor Goodchild
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Dec 24, 2011

it was amazing
Read in December, 2011

“One Little Speck” by Gaynor Goodchild

Reviewed by Sherry Schultz

This is a marvelous book, but it is not easy to read. Gaynor has written a powerful memoir, but its very genuineness makes it hard to believe that any one human being could withstand the horrors that made up her life. Born into a family where both parents were alcoholic, she became the family caretaker and lost her childhood in the process.

Her parents parted ways when she was 13, and when her mother took up with a much younger man, Gaynor could not tolerate the pain and finished off one of her Mum’s bottles. Alcohol quickly became her best friend but in later years she went on to valium and later heroin.

Besides being codependent, alcoholic, and drug dependent, Gaynor was addicted to problematic relationships. She was married and had a child in her teens, and experienced many abusive relationships. Even after finding AA, her deep emotional traumas prevented her from having any lasting recovery until she finally experienced a spiritual awakening. Despite its darkness at times, it is very real and worth reading.

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